Student Health Services


Defining Sexual Violence


MSUB has adopted the following definitions:


Sexual Assault is defined as knowingly subjecting another person to any sexual contact without her/his consent.


Sexual Intercourse without Consent: Committed when a person has sexual intercourse with another person without that person’s consent.


Sexual Coercion: The act of using pressure, alcohol or drugs, or force to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will; and persistent attempts to have sexual contact with someone who has already refused.


Stalking: Means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety, or suffer substantial emotional distress.


Dating violence: Violence committed by a person-
A) Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of (i) length of relationship; (ii) type of relationship ;(iii) frequency of interaction between the parties


Domestic violence: Includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence by a current or former spouse, person with whom victim shares a child, person cohabitating or who has cohabitated with victim as spouse, by a person similarly situated under domestic or family violence laws of jurisdiction.


And any other non-consensual conduct of a sexual nature: On a criminal level, these charges are punishable by fines and imprisonment. However, the complainant need not file criminal charges for this behavior to be investigated by the institution. Filing of criminal complaints does not negate the ability of Montana State University Billings to take action against the alleged offender.